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Your Child in Pictures: The Parents' Guide to Photographing Your Toddler and Child from Age One to Ten

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Publisher Comments:

Photo Recipe: Mommy and Me

 

Do you ever feel like you are “missing in action” when it comes to photos of your child? If so, you’re in good company. I meet countless moms who feel this way. They are often the ones taking the pictures, and as a result, there isn’t any evidence that they were even there! Hand this photo recipe over to Dad or a trusted friend. We are going to walk them through all the steps to not only getting you in the photo but helping you shine!

 

WHEN: Take this photo early in the day, after breakfast when the light outside is neutral to avoid harsh shadows from bright sun, or right before afternoon naptime when the child wants to snuggle with Mom.

 

PREP: Have Mom wear something she feels beautiful and comfortable in. Her level of comfort will show up in the photo much more than the pattern or design of her clothes. Ask Mom and child to sit down—either on the ground or in a chair, on a bench, etc.

 

FOR POINT & SHOOT USERS: Turn your flash off. Set your camera to Portrait mode. This will tell your camera to focus on the subjects and soften the background. If the little one is moving around a lot, set your camera to “Continuous Shooting” mode to freeze the action.

 

FOR DSLR USERS: Turn your flash off. Set your camera to “Continuous Shooting” mode. Choose Aperture Priority mode, and dial your f-stop down to ƒ/4.5. This wider-than-normal f-stop will help ensure both subjects are in focus while simultaneously creating a buttery, blurry background.

 

COMPOSE: I usually opt for a horizontal format for photos of moms because the wide frame gives a calmer feel than does a vertical format. The most flattering way to capture Mom is by shooting down on her. Most women also don’t want their whole body in the photo. It is often more appealing to frame Mom from the waste up; so get in close, and fill the frame with Mom and child. Close any gaps between their bodies by having them snuggle up to each other. The closer their physical bodies are, the more intimate the photo feels.

 

CAPTURE: Focus on either Mom’s eyes or the child’s eyes versus having both their faces in focus. This draws more attention to the photo’s story. Experiment with different viewpoints for Mom. Have her look at her son and smile so that you can capture a nice profile of her smile. Have both of them hold something, like a storybook, that they can look at together. Encourage Mom to keep talking with a smile and even give you a laugh here and there. She may feel awkward, but it will look genuine in the photo. (Tell her I said so if she doesn’t believe you!)

Synopsis:

Photography tips for moms and dads on how to take everyday portraits of children 

  

Celebrated photographer and best-selling author Me Ra Koh provides step-by-step instruction on photographing your family and taking pictures of your child. As a companion book to Your Baby in PicturesYour Child in Pictures helps you learn to capture your child's special moments with 40 beautiful “photo recipes” that anyone can do, with any camera.

From first haircuts to first days of school, from snuggly teddy bears to favorite dress-up clothes, the toddler and childhood years are full of precious days that disappear all too soon. What parent doesn’t yearn to freeze the memory of their 2-year-old’s chubby cheeks, or their 6-year-old’s toothless grin?

About the Author

Me Ra Koh loves cameras, kids, and parents, and spends her time bringing them together. Her work and photo recipes have been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lifetime Television, Martha Stewart Living Radio, The New York Times, Parenting, and Babble.com. She was the regular guest photo expert on The Nate Berkus Show (NBC) for two years and currently hosts her own show, Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh, on Disney Junior TV. You can find her at merakoh.com.

Table of Contents

Preface: My Story 8

Introduction: Capturing the Magic of Childhood 12

 

CHAPTER 1

GEARING UP 14

Choosing a Camera 17

Easy Camera Settings for Taking Better Photos 22

10 Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone Camera 24

5 “More” Tips for Finding Great Light 25

10 Quick Tips for Getting Great Shots 27

 

CHAPTER 2 

REFUSE TO SAY CHEESE®: capture the story 30

Refuse to Say Cheese 33

Capturing Conflict 34

Defining Details 37

Setting: Backgrounds with a Purpose 38

40 PHOTO RECIPES

CHAPTER 3

1–2 YEARS: Toddling into Independence 40

Five Tips for Photographing Your 1- to 2-Year-Old 43

1 First Steps 44

2 Bumps and Bruises 46

3 I Want to Be Like You 48

4 Objects of Affection (Part 1) 50

5 Oh So Dirty! 52

6 The Shy Phase 54

7 Your Little Chef 56

8 I Can Fly! A Portrait with Dad 58

9 Here’s My Belly Button 60

10 Family Portrait (Part 1) 62

CHAPTER 4

3–4 YEARS: When Wonder Comes Before Reality 64

Five Tips for Photographing Your 3- to 4-Year-Old 67

11 My Own Style 68

12 Mommy and Me 70

13 Potty Training 72

14 DIY Haircuts 74

15 Best Friends 76

16 I Love to Dance! 78

17 Tea Parties 80

18 Objects of Affection: Part 2 82

19 My Favorite Costume 84

20 Family Portrait (Part 2 )86

 

CHAPTER 5

5–7 YEARS: Leaving the Circle of Your Arms 88

Five Tips for Photographing Your 5- to 7-Year-Old 91

21 First Day of School 92

22 The Light in Your Child’s Eyes 94

23 Playground Antics 96

24 The Evolution of Your Child’s Shoes 98

25 Young Artist 100

26 Blanket Forts 102

27 Taking Off the Training Wheels 104

28 Favorite Toys 106

29 Bye-Bye, Baby Tooth 108

30 Pretend Play 110

 

CHAPTER 6

8–10 Years: Giving Your Child Voice 112

Five Tips for Photographing Your 8- to 10-Year-Old 115

31 Your Child’s Heritage: A Portrait with Grandpa or Grandma 116

32 Your Budding Musician 118

33 Little Critters 120

34 Bookworm 122

35 Objects of Affection: Part 3 124

36 Me and My BFFs 126

37 Play Ball! 128

38 Tales from Underwater 130

39 Birthday Candles 132

40 Where Do I Fit In? 134

 

Appendix: Tips for Photographing Your Special Needs Child 136

Last Words: The Power of Photography 142

Product Details

ISBN:
9780823086184
Author:
Koh, Me Ra
Publisher:
Amphoto Books
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 4-COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.66 x 8.62 x 0.49 in 1.08 lb

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Celebrated photographer and best-selling author Me Ra Koh provides step-by-step instruction on photographing your family and taking pictures of your child. As a companion book to Your Baby in PicturesYour Child in Pictures helps you learn to capture your child's special moments with 40 beautiful “photo recipes” that anyone can do, with any camera.

From first haircuts to first days of school, from snuggly teddy bears to favorite dress-up clothes, the toddler and childhood years are full of precious days that disappear all too soon. What parent doesn’t yearn to freeze the memory of their 2-year-old’s chubby cheeks, or their 6-year-old’s toothless grin?

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